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Police: Drunk driver hit Fort Bragg soldier, baby

Posted June 13, 2008

— Fayetteville police said a drunk driver caused a wreck that sent three people, including a Fort Bragg soldier and a baby, to the hospital.

The wreck happened on Ramsey Street, near the intersection of Stacy Weaver Drive, at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, police Sgt. A. Ellis said.

Officers said Bobby Burnette, 31, crossed the median in a red Mustang and hit a yellow Neon head on. Police said they were unable to provide an address for Burnette.

Emergency crews took the driver of the Neon, Joseph Randle, 24, and his 8-month-old son to Cape Fear Valley Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Randle is a Fort Bragg soldier, authorities said.

A helicopter airlifted Burnette to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, but the extent of his injuries was unknown.

Officers said they had received calls about Burnette’s erratic driving, but his car crashed into Randle’s car before they could get to him to stop him, they said.

Police charged Burnette with DWI and careless and reckless driving.


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  • iamforjustice Jun 13, 2008

    Let's all calm down. Let's all agree that the drunk driving laws need to be revamped and sentencing should be more severe especially with vehicular manslaughter. Actually I have seen cases where since the driver was drunk he/she got off easier than if the person was sober and if the person they hit had an ounce of alcohol or a small fraction of marijuana in his/her system then the perpetrator would have to pay no restitution at all and the insurance company wouldn't pay the family one red cent. Now that is obsurd. Comments welcome.

  • DominicanNC Jun 13, 2008

    Whocares>>>>> No offence but when you are in the military and all the sudden you are told that you need to work the evening shift. Some child care centers are not open late and if your hometown is far away and you have no family member near by, you don't have a choice but to ask a coworker to watch over your kid. Sometimes there are not other options just ask me.

  • justbnme Jun 13, 2008

    NO NERVE HERE. I see that several people bashed
    you for your comments, i'm not going to bash you,
    because that's exactly what you're on here trying
    to do, stir up mess!


    Life time revocation of licenses and mandatory 1 year in jail seems very appropriate

  • NCMOMof3 Jun 13, 2008

    canes06, did you ever stop and think that possibly, he was coming home from work? Some people work 2nd shift and pick up their children from daycare at that time. He could possibly have been on the way to the doctor with a sick baby. Infants get sick in the middle of the night. He could have been very fussy and a car ride was calming him down. They could have been visiting Grandma. Any number of things ...it's not the man's fault a drunk driver hit him

  • whocares Jun 13, 2008

    What is the big deal about having a baby in the car at 11:30 p.m. Do people who have babies stay at home all the time? No. They do go out to visit family or friends. As to DUI laws, I agree that there should be stiffer laws. A car is just like a gun. If you get in a car and drive drunk that is like aiming a gun at someone and shooting. The best place for people like that is jail and a long, long time to think about what they have done.

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Jun 13, 2008

    The real solution is in judges that will enforce the current laws and not feel sorry for the accused. Bottom line, drunk driving is akin to shoting a gun at someone, sometimes you miss, sometimes you hit a target.

    As for having a baby in the car at night, there is nothing wrong with that. Been there done that coming home from visiting my parents.

    I don't know the Drunk driving laws in NC but honestly IMO if you are convicted on the first offense you should lose your license for a year or more. Second offence should be jail time min one and second degeee murder if you kill someone.

    But that is my opinion, I could be wrong

  • Common Sense Man Jun 13, 2008

    "Read my post: ""Throwing the book" at drunks in a felony case like this would keep them in prison. You won't meet them on the road if they are locked up." Homey Yo


    First of all, you don't have to type in all caps (yell) to make your point. Second, I don't have to rethink it, it's how I feel. If someone is DWI and hurts or kills someone they should spend time in prison. Third, Dr. and Dataclerk together is oxymoronic.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jun 13, 2008

    No god to thank.

    God/Jesus is still alive. Get to know Him and you will know.

  • ptahandatum Jun 13, 2008

    No god to thank. If there was, things like this and the other devastating events happening in this world wouldn't happen. This is a person who had too much to drink, nothing about some man made god and angels that don't exist.